Feb. 26, 2020 – Readings in Recovery: Today’s Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

serenity prayer155Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020

Today’s Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:

Giving and receiving

They say it’s better to give than to receive. And that’s true, to a point. But I think what they really mean is that it’s better to give than to take, which is a more grabby sort of action. A completely different sort.

It feels wonderful to be the one who does the giving, the one to hand out gifts of help. But receiving is a gift too. For everyone involved. When I gracefully accept what someone else has to offer—be it help or a gift of any kind—they get to feel the wonderfulness of giving. The goal is for all the giving and receiving to flow freely and to naturally balance out.

Asking for—or accepting—help is not a sign of weakness—just as not asking for help isn’t a badge-worthy sign of pride. Asking for—or accepting—help is a sign of empathy and trust, which is what a loving community is all about.

“I need your help.”

Most people will leap into action upon hearing those words—moved from the bottom of their hearts.

She was always available to help others. Now it was time for her to discover how to let others help her. It was a gift that went both ways. — Queenisms

Hazelden Foundation

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